Monday, February 11, 2019

Our Own SoPo Cottage

After 14 moves, I've learned that our house looks the best the day we put it on the market to sell!!!  So while we've been working on the new Mid Mod Marvel, we've also been getting our current house ready to list. That involves the usual touch up paint, closet purging and basement clean out.  I've watched Marie Kondo, triple folded my t-shirts and we're finally ready!!

And I couldn't resist sharing a few photos of our Willard Beach gem.

Our SoPo Cottage - Before
This house started as a pretty nondescript little home.  We had hoped to save it, but after meeting with multiple builders, no one would tackle it.  The siding was literally rotting off in some places, the stairway was not to code, the foundation was eroding and we couldn't stand upright in most of the 2nd floor.  So after some major soul searching, we took it down.  The first, and I hope only, teardown we have ever done.

We rebuilt on the same footprint in 2010, with just one addition over the previous deck.
The house looks right towards Whitehead Passage and Willard Beach
And we weren't really sure when we got started, but we thought the house might have nice views.  Did it ever!!!

There are water views from all 3 decks and most rooms in the house.

I love this view of House Island through the funky triangular window.  It's even pretty in the winter.
We're going to miss the beautiful sunrises or watching the giant cruise ships sail by.

The house has a custom kitchen, which works great for entertaining (we've had a LOT of parties in this house!).

We used the original beams across the ceiling when we rebuilt and they lend a lot of character to the dining room.

But our favorite feature in this open floor plan?  The living room built ins.  The gas fireplace and bookcases create this incredibly cozy space, that's perfect on a cold Maine winter night.
East facing windows mean bright, sunny mornings

And it might seem funny to have a full bath on the first floor, but when you live this close to the beach, you quickly learn it's great to have this antique bathtub to wash the sand off your dog or grandkids when they come in from swimming!!

The second floor has 3 bedrooms.  And doesn't everyone want to see Casco Bay and the islands as soon as they wake up in the morning?

and one and a half baths

And the third floor?  Well that's the best space in the house.

It has office space that Richard and I share (his is the tidy side, my side is not-so-tidy).  And a seating area with incredible views of Casco Bay, Peaks Island and the shipping channel.  Back in my corporate days, I'd do all my telecoms from the sofa, trying not to get too distracted by the ships sailing by!
The third floor deck is our favorite cocktail space each evening, as we enjoy the views.  But it's just as nice first thing in the morning, as the sun comes up over the horizon.
Spectacular sunrises!
We will really miss this house.  But we've moved so many times and are always excited about the next house.  That's certainly true in this case, can't wait to make the Mid Mod Marvel our new home!
The house will be listed this week at $750,000.

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  1. Lovely home. Hope you don't miss the view too much.

  2. If this house were mine, I would never move!

  3. Your home is beautiful and the views are incredible! We are renovating a 1902 house with a clawfoot tub in one bathroom. The color you chose is just what I had envisioned using. Is there any chance you could share it?

    1. I'll have to dig through the paint cans in the basement Melissa.....we painted it back in 2010 and my memory isn't good enough to remember the color!

  4. Your love of this home is obvious and justified. May your next home bring you the same joy!


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